1st National Husband/Wife
Homebirth Conference

April 25, 1998

 

Program Excerpt

 

Speakers

Special Guests

Speakers

Marilyn A. Moran. After each of her nine hospital births, Marilyn became increasingly disappointed with her birth experiences. With just her husband present at the birth of her tenth child in 1972, Marilyn had discovered the importance of husband and wife birth. Hoping to enlighten other couples, Marilyn has been sharing her ideas for over 24 years. She founded and published the New Nativity II from 1977-1991, edited Happy Birth Days in 1986 and wrote Birth and the Dialogue of Love (1981) and Pleasurable Husband/Wife Childbirth: The real consummation of married love (1997).

Lynn M. Griesemer. Looking for a more meaningful birth, Lynn finally experienced the true essence of a raw birth with baby #5 in 1996. She feels that she was cheated with her four hospital births and does not want to see millions of other couples making the same mistakes she did. She would like to see more people question conventional childbirth methods and gain the confidence to birth with simplicity and privacy. Author of Unassisted Homebirth: An Act of Love (June 1998).

Bob Griesemer, Jr. Was not fully convinced of an unassisted birth until he read Birth and the Dialogue of Love. Believes that typical medical birth is for the most part, a "scam." After being the first to touch and see his daughter, he now feels that his life is complete. He is very impressed with the idea of unassisted homebirth and thinks more men should get involved with their children's births. "Guys, if you want to gain a whole new appreciation for the miracle of life and for your wife then catch your own baby. You'll also feel more of an attachment to that child too."

Nicole Lavallee. At the age of 10, Nicole knew she wanted to focus part of her life's work on babies. She has had a long time interest in self-sufficiency issues: homesteading, homeschool, family and women's issues. Her first child was born at home with the assistance of a midwife and her next two children were Do-it-Yourself births. One of her proudest achievements: fulfillment from being a nursing mom for nine years (so far!). Her training is diverse: she is familiar with Spiritual Midwifery, Jeannine Parvati Baker's Hygeia College and Spirit-Led Childbirth and has served as a Bradley instructor and labor assistant. Nicole's humility and selflessness have inspired dozens of couples during the past decade.

Special Guests

Laura Kaplan Shanley. Award-wining author of Unassisted Childbirth(1994). Her most recent award: "Nurturing Magazine" in Canada cited Unassisted Childbirth as best book of the year for 1998. Publisher of "Letters from Home: Restoring Our Faith in Birth", a quarterly newsletter. A wise woman who knew at age 18 that she would birth her future children unassisted, she has made a tremendous impact on thousands of people.
Martha Pugacz. Her first DIY was forty years ago and the DIY birth of her 35 year-old daughter Margaret was an abruptio placenta. (And the birth of Margaret's first child in 1997 was a DIY birth). Martha, grandmother and mother of seven has lived doctor-free for over forty years and had the pleasure of knowing the late Dr. Robert Mendelsohn and Dr. Herbert Ratner as well as early involvement in La Leche League.
Brad Warner. Father of seven children. The birth of Philip (youngest child and first DIY birth) on March 5, 1997 was a pivotal point in his marriage. Brad says, "Through an increased involvement in each of our seven births, God has shown me He intended man and woman to share together in the whole process."
 Residents from Colorado, Florida, Georgia,
Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, and Virginia have
registered for this conference.